The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

ACRP-CP Exam Committee

The Global ACRP-CP® Exam Committee uses psychometrically sound practices to develop ACRP Certified Professional (ACRP-CP) examinations that meet the current test specifications as determined by the most recent Job Task Analysis (JTA). Committee members will provide content expertise to the ongoing development of the ACRP-CP certification examinations. For further information on the Global ACRP-CP Certification Exam Committee’s goals, objectives, key responsibilities, and meeting, please refer to the Committee Charge below.

Current ACRP-CP Global Exam Committee Members

Robert O’Connor, MS, CCRA, FACRP, ACRP-CP
(Chair)
Senior Clinical Scientist
Proctor & Gamble Company
Cincinnati, OH
Term 1/Year 1

Debbie Rosenbaum, CCRC, CCRA, FACRP, ACRP-CP
(Vice Chair)
Consultant
Sarrison Clinical Research, LLC
Carey, NC
Term 1/Year 1

Bev Assman BSc, MSc, CCRA, ACRP-CP
Clinical Program Lead
Genetech
Belmont, CA
Term 1/ Year 1

Claudia Christy, RN, MSN, CCRC, ACRP-CP
Regulatory Nurse Consultant
Chapel Hill, NC
Term 1/ Year 1

Suzanne Day, RN, BSN, MBA, ACRP-CP
Director of Clinical Monitoring
Clinipace
Blue Bell, PA
Term 1/ Year 1

MeeLee Tom, MS, CCRP, CCRA, ACRP-CP
Senior Research Project Manager
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, NY
Term 1/ Year 1

Sharleen Weese Maley, Bsc, PGD, ACRP-CP
Clinical Research Program Manager
Royal University Hospital
Saskatoon, SK Canada
Term 1/Year 1

ACRP Staff Liaison:
Giovanna Lancaster, Certification Director
glancaster@acrpnet.org
703-254-8103

Committee Charge

The mission of the Global ACRP-CP Exam Committee is to use psychometrically sound practices to develop Certified Professional (CP) examinations that meet the current test specifications as determined by the most recent Job Task Analysis (JTA).

Global Goals and Objectives
Committee members will provide content expertise to the ongoing development of the ACRP-Certified Professional (CP) certification examinations. The committee will:

  • Maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the examination.
  • Assure an adequate pool of exam items for potential inclusion on the written examination.
  • Review and approve items, ensuring each item: tests appropriate skill level; topic found on the Detailed Content Outline (DCO); has a viable reference; is keyed correctly; is appropriate for all segments of the candidate population in terms of context, setting, language, descriptions and terminology; is free of bias or stereotyping.
  • Identify, through review of the item bank by content area, topics in the DCO that are underrepresented in the item bank for future assignment to item writers.
  • Review and approve exam forms for administration to the candidate population.
  • Review, approve and retire items for the Exam Practice Exercise tool.
  • Review, revise and evaluate draft items submitted by Item Writers/Subject Matter Experts for potential inclusion as pre-test items.
  • Write items, as necessary, for the examination; provide item references or rationales; submit in a timely manner.
  • Serve as a global ambassador to promote the profession and ACRP certification of CCRCs, CCRAs, CPIs, and ACRP-CPs as well as subspecialty designations.
  • Serve as global ambassador of ACRP as the premier membership organization of clinical research and promote membership in ACRP.

Authority
The scope of the Global ACRP-CP Exam Committee is to develop and deliver psychometrically sound exams that will yield fair and balanced certification examinations for all stakeholders.

Function
It is critical that committee members devote sufficient time to participate in and contribute to committee activities.

Committee Members

  • Consist of at least six but not more than eight members.
  • Must hold current ACRP-CP certification.
  • The demographic makeup of committee members will be based on the relative demographics of exam candidates and shall include proportionate representation from Academic institutions, private physician practice, hospital settings, and investigational drugs/biologics and devices; and geography. Multiple representations may be satisfied from one or more committee members.
  • All members are chosen for their recognized expertise and are selected to fulfill the expertise needs as identified in the committee’s annual survey.
  • Leadership will entail a committee chair and a vice chair.

Skills and Expertise

  • Committee members must keep current with changes and trends in clinical research.
  • Committee members must be currently involved in clinical research (planning, conducting, overseeing).
  • The Committee will define on an annual basis any additional skills and expertise areas required for service on the committee. Minimum expertise requirements will include:
    • Hold current ACRP-CP certification
    • Completion of item writing training and proven ability to write good test items
    • Demonstrate above-average familiarity with ICH GCPs and other applicable regulatory documents
    • Effective working in a team environment and independently
    • Ability to meet, face-to-face three times a year (February, June, September)
    • Ability to take the certification examination two times per year
    • Ability to solve problems and prioritize tasks
    • Demonstrate good oral and written communication
  • Additional skills and expertise may be determined annually by the Academy Board, committee chair and staff liaison.

Role of Chair

The Committee Chair is responsible for leadership and facilitating the work of the committee.

Role of Vice Chair

In the absence of the Chair, the Global CCRC Exam Committee Vice Chair is responsible for leadership and facilitating the work of the committee.

Staff Liaison (Certification Associate Director)

The Staff Liaison provides all necessary support to the Chair, Vice Chair, and all the committee members to facilitate the work of the committee, including setting up meetings and helping to prepare the materials.

Term Length

  • Committee members will serve one, three-year term with an option to serve one additional sequential term of three years.
  • Members may return to serving the committee, per the needs of the committee, after a two- year break in service.
  • If an individual has served two, three-year terms, he/she may be appointed for an additional one-year term at the discretion of the Academy Board Chair if it serves the best interest of the entire exam committee.

Meeting Schedule

The Global ACRP-CP Exam Committee will meet face-to-face three times per year; dates and locations for the coming year will be determined at the September meeting each year. Teleconference calls may be conducted as necessary. All meetings will be supported financially by the Academy.

Accountability

  • Informal reporting about the committee’s activities will occur quarterly to the Academy Board.
  • An annual report will be submitted to the Academy Board.
  • The committee’s work will be aligned with the ACRP Strategic Plan.

Annual Goals

  • Focus on recruiting committee members the first quarter
  • Ensure an adequate number of items in the usable item bank by holding at least one (1) item writing training session at the Meeting & Expo and one (1) sponsored by a Chapter
  • Add 100 pretest questions to the item bank
  • Make recommendations to the Academy Board for additional approved reference sources
  • Approve two new forms of the exam for the Spring Exam Cycle
  • Approve two new forms of the exam of the Fall Exam Cycle